I didn't mean this question to be a judgemental thing or even to imply that people should do it. I was just curious, in this, the season of weight loss, whether people felt that being sick was worse than being fat? For the people that take these drugs and, God help them, get gastric bypass surgery, they feel that being fat IS worse than being sick--or else they can't comprehend what it's like to be sick all the time like us until it's too late.
And for some people, this isn't a matter of asthetics, it's a matter of health. Doctors tell them that they will die if they don't lose weight--some doctors even stoop so low to deny medical treatment to some overweight/obese people if they don't lose some amount of weight first--even if their condition is unrelated to their weight. So I guess for some people, it's a trade off: have IBS but not have other health problems and get medical attention or not have IBS, but have other health problems and have difficulty getting medical attention. There is no clear answer in those cases.
But, sadly, it's true that for a lot of people losing weight is aesthetic, which means that they are ruining their health just because they are not happy with themselves. In this day and age, and especially for women, it can be so hard to like your body. In fact, I think it's downright fashionable to dislike at least some part of yourself, if not even most of yourself. And I think for people with IBS it can be hard to like your body, not because of the way it looks, but because it won't function properly. I don't know what the message to take away from here is, because I didn't really mean for there to be a message, just a question out of curiosity, but if nothing else, if we have family or friends who we see heading for these radical and unhealthy choices we can at least say, "Hey, whoa, you don't want to go there; you do NOT want to be sick all the time like me. I like you plump and healthy just as you are now."
I'll now return everyone to their regular IBS conversations. Beeeeeeeeeep!